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Mother and Daughter #52ancestors

July 9, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand. I’m hoping to publish these stories in a book at the end of 2020. Each week a prompt will be given as the theme for the week.

Week 28: Multiple

Mary Jane Edgecombe Cox – maiden name SULLY

Mary Jane Edgecombe SULLY was born in 1818 at Gloucestershire, England. On 19 January 1847 she married Richard COX, a widower with four young children, at Bath, England. On 12th March, 1852, the family sailed from Plymouth, England, bound for Australia on the “Chowringhee”. After 114 days at sea, they arrived at Hobson’s Bay on 5 July 1852. Mary passed away at Heathcote on 16 June 1896, aged 78 years, and is buried in the Heathcote cemetery.

From: McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser, Thursday 18 June, 1896, page 2

Death Notice

Cox: On the 18th inst at She Oak ,
Mary Jane Edgecome, wife of the late
Richard Cox. Aged 78 years.
‘Tis hard to break the tender cord
When Love has bound the heart.
‘Tis hard so hard to say the words,
We for a time must part.
A patient sufferer at rest.

From: McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser, Thursday 18 June, 1896, Page 2.

DEATH OF MRS. COX: We are sorry this week to record the death of Mrs. R. Cox, of She Oak, which occurred on Wednesday evening, after a very lengthy illness. About 4 years ago, Mrs. Cocks, who had been very attentively nursing her late husband, during a severe and tedious illness, caught a cold, and was seriously ill with pleuro-pnuemonia for a considerable time. She rallied wonderfully, and was comparatively well, though invalided for the past few years, now and then being laid up with occasional acute attacks. One of these more severe than usual occurred three weeks ago, and with her weakened constitution, it took firm hold, so that she gradually became weaker and weaker, till the end came and closed a tedious invalidism, borne with wonderful patience and resignation at the age of 78 years. Mrs. Cox, who was a native of London, and arrived in the colony in 1852, was the wife of the late Mr. Richard Cox, and they resided at Heathcote with their family for many years before settling at She Oak. They were very old residents of McIvor having arrived here in 1853. During her long illness, Mrs. Cox had many severe attacks, which threatened to prove fatal, and at such times the kind attention of neighbors was much appreciated. The funeral took place this morning, and as a token of respect to the deceased, was largely attended. The burial service was read by the Rev. Mr. Jones. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Mr. Jas. McDonald.

Georgina Maria Annette TRANTER – maiden name COX

Georgina Maria COX  was the fourth child of Richard COX and Mary Jane Edgecombe Sully. She was born in Heathcote on 10 December 1857. On 17 October 1874, Georgina married Albert Thomas Love. The couple had two daughers, Ada Louisa who was my great grandmother, and Alberta Sarah Rachel. On 9 February 1876, Thomas passed away, leaving Georgina with two children, the eldest was twelve months old and the youngest four months old.

On 9 April, 1880 Geogina married James Tranter, also from Heathcote. Nine children were born to this marriage between 1880 and 1901

from The Sun News Pictorial, Melbourne, Monday, February 1, 1943
TRANTER: Jan 31, Harrow Street, Box Hill, Georgina A.M. loved wife of late James of Heathcote.

TRANTER: Georgina A.M. from High Street, Heathcote, 3pm. TOMORROW, Heathcote Cemetery. Le Pine & Son

McIvor Times, February 17, 1943.
The death on 31st January, at the residence of her daughter in Box Hill of Mrs. Georgina Maria Annette Tranter removed one of the oldest residents of the Heathcote district. The deceased lady was born in Heathcote 86 years ago and lived on the same spot almost the whole of that time. She had vivid recollections of the early days of this centre and viewed with interest the growth of the town and district. She naturally had a great many friends and was known for her motherliness and womanly qualities. Her husband predeceased her 22 years ago.
She leaves one daughter (Ada, Mrs. Morrison, Box Hill) three sons (Messrs. Charles E. and Victor L., Heathcote and Arthur C., Northcote) 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. There are also two surviving sisters; Mrs. Dale, of Kyneton, who has reached the grand old age of 96, and Mrs. McLennan, an old and well-known resident of Derrinal. The remains were brought to Heathcote for burial, when the coffin-bearers were Messrs. J. L. Tranter, J. E. Tranter, G. Tranter, F. Morrison, W. Morrison and A. Tranter, and the pall-bearers were Messrs E. J. Tranter, S. Tranter, R. Tranter, GL Sleigh, J. Floweres, H. Tranter, A. McLennan and H. Tranter. Rev. Mr. Green, of Elmore, read the service at the graveside and Messrs.
Perry Bros. had charge of the funeral arrangements.


Mary Jane Edgecombe Cox and her daughter Georgina Maria Annette Tranter are buried in the same plot at Heathcote cemetery with other family members.


In Loving Memory of
Beloved Husband of
Father of
Died Heathcote 28th June 1922
Aged71 years
Also the above
G.M.A. Tranter
Died 31st January 1943
Aged 86 Years
And Their Grandchildren
EDNA died 19th December 1915
And MARION died 20th December 1915

Died 30 January 1957
Aged 33 Years

Georgina Tranter (front) and her daughter Ada

Family Notices (1896, June 18). The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 – 1918), p. 2 (EVENING). Retrieved July 6, 2020, from
Death Notices (1943, February 1) The Sun News Pictorial, Melbourne
McIvor Times, February 17, 1943.


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One Comment
  1. Graham Sleeth permalink

    Well done, Jen.

    On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 20:17, Tracking Down The Family wrote:

    > Jennifer Jones posted: “Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson > Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to > write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking > up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, t” >

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